Norwegian dancer and rapper Omer Bhatti is said to the King of Pop's fourth child.
Late pop star Michael Jackson has three children - Prince, 23, Paris, 22, and Prince Michael II (nicknamed Blanket), 18, that we know of. However, not many are aware that the 'Thriller' singer might have a fourth estranged son named Omer Bhatti. According to USA Today, Paris Jackson recently acknowledged Bhatti, a Norwegian dancer and rapper, as her "oldest brother" in an episode of her Facebook Watch series Unfiltered. The now-35-year-old was born Michael Joseph Jackson and the news about him being the pop sensation's secret son made headlines years ago when Jackson's father, Joe Jackson identified Bhatti as MJ's son in a 2009 interview with NewsOne/TVOne.
"Yes, I knew he had another son, yes I did," said Joe Jackson according to ABC News. "He looks like a Jackson, he can dance like a Jackson. This boy is fantastic dancer -- matter of fact, he teaches dance." Jackson biographer Stacy Brown, who used to work as a spokesman for the family, revealed that he heard about Bhatti in 1992 when the boy would have been around 8 years of age. "Michael took him [Bhatti] in and took his parents in, he would travel the world with him," recalled Brown. "He lived at Neverland for a long time and moved out when Michael left Neverland. He would tell them [the Jackson family] that he was Michael's son."
"The fact is, he is not Michael's son," he continued. Stuart Backerman, another former family spokesperson, said, "Maybe Michael loved him like a son, treated him like a son, and maybe he [Bhatti] felt like Michael was really his father. But I just don't buy that he's his son." Brown says that Bhatti's mother Pia used to work as Michael Jackson's first nanny and took care of Prince. That's why even when MJ died Bhatti had a front-row seat with Jackson's family during the legend's memorial. "It was a rightful place for him," said Brown. "He grew up around Michael and really had a bond with him."
But Us Weekly reported that Jackson himself acknowledged that he indeed was Bhatti's father. A source told the magazine in 2004 that "It was a rightful place for him," said Brown. "He grew up around Michael and really had a bond with him." But what does Omar have to say about these speculations? Well, he reportedly shot down the notion of him being related to Jackson. "Being on TV and having these appearances later led me to Michael Jackson, where he, in a way, adopted me and became like a mentor and a father figure for me," Bhatti said.
"As a little kid, looking up to him, the way I did back then, it’s like everything that I saw, it’s like I was like a sponge, just taking up everything. He would later say that I was like a mini-version of him," he recalled adding, "and I ended up going on tour with him. I would have a seat, like, right on stage…" Although he's not related to the legend by blood, he still maintains a close relationship with his kids. "I consider myself an older brother because when Prince was born, my mom (Pia Bhatti) was hired to be Prince’s nanny, and Paris, I’ve been there since she was a baby," shared Bhatti. "I would say almost maybe even partly raised her. Yeah, she’s my little sister in every way."
But fans can't help note that both MJ and Omer seem to have similar traits. On a YouTube video, user Amla Bertaud wrote: His eyes... Those things are the best tell when verifying legitimacy. His eyes are just like MJ's. His mannerisms are as well... MJ said it in Billie Jean... His eyes were just like mine. No lie. Another, Irena Holc shared: He's soo like Michael. Maybe I'm the only one, but I hear and I see Michael in Omer. His eyes, voice, dance, everything. User ARW MASTER expressed: Dude he does have a little mix of Michael's voice, eyes, and chin.